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Week of August 14, 2017 / Av 5777

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Shabbat candlesWELCOME BACK WINE & CHEESE wine and cheese
Friday, August 25
6:45 p.m. Wine & Cheese + Fun for Kids
7:30 p.m. Services, followed by an Oneg

Members and prospective members, join us to celebrate our new - and newly renovated - "Dynamite" home!
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331.

We can't wait to show you the fantastic progress we've made! Check out the construction pictures below.

YEP! staff will be on hand to welcome Youth Education Program families and share a fun Shabbat
activity with the kids, who will also be invited to light the Shabbat candles with Rabbi Sharfman.
We look forward to seeing you! 

(Prospective members, please RSVP by August 18 to

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The main entrance to our  
building will offer easy access  
for all -- and look how neat our  
parking lot is becoming! 

All this duct work can only mean one thing: an air conditioning upgrade!  

Land all around our building  
is being graded for safe  
parking and walking,  
and all entrances and exits  
will be easy to access.

See you on Friday, August 25,  
for Wine & Cheese, YEP! fun,  
and Kabbalat Shabbat!
THIS WEEK____________________________________
Sunday, August 20, early afternoon
Save the date, and watch for details!

We get together to see a movie the third Sunday of most months, and we'd love you to join us!

The movie, time and location are chosen closer to each date. Theaters are typically the Harkins Shea, Harkins 101, or Harkins North Valley, with (optional) conversation afterwards over yogurt, coffee or lunch.

You are always welcome to come even without an RSVP, but if we expect you we can let you know if there are any changes and try to save seats. To receive final details for our movie plans, and to offer your suggestions, get on our Movie Time email list by sending your name and email to Marilyn Morris at; or call her at 602-494-2800.  
Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
Sonata's Restaurant
10050 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 127, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Join us for delicious modern and traditional European cuisine and great conversation at Sonata's. Please RSVP to Renee by Monday, Aug. 21 at

Do you have ideas for a GNO restaurant or activity? Let Renee know! 

Torah Talk
Saturday, August 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Please note - this is a changed date 
at the home of Ellen and Elliott Lerman

Discover why Torah Talk is one of Kehillah's most-loved traditions! Torah Talk is a morning filled with questions, conversation, laughter, and the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Rabbi Sharfman and your fellow CK members and seekers. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy Torah Talk; all are welcome. This session will be lay-led. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 24 to Renee at  
YEP! - First session of the new school year!
Sunday, August 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

YEP! families, join us to launch the new school year! You'll meet other parents and students at our YEP! Welcome Back Bagel Bash. We'll also have an engaging High Holy Days Workshop, just in time to start the New Year* off right!
* 5778, that is! 

If you have not yet registered for YEP! please use this form. See the yellow calendar section at the bottom of this newsletter for all YEP! dates. Questions? Please contact Renee at or 602-369-7667. 
Sunday, August 27, 10:00 a.m.
at the home of Sherry Siegel
This month we're discussing Wonder, by Raquel J. Palacio , and Smile, by Raina Telgemeier . These are Young Adult books, and Smile is a graphic novel, so these two books will be our easy, light read for the summer. In addition, the movie adaptation of Wonder (starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay) will be in theaters this November.

We will not meet in September.
For general question about the Book Group, contact Sherry Siegel at
Tuesday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.
Man Cave at Dave Goldfarb's

Please RSVP to Rich Fox by Monday, August 28, at
(Please note, this is a new email address for Rich.) All men of Kehillah are welcome.

Saturday, September 16
6:30 p.m. refreshments
7:00 p.m. Havdalah followed by interactive Selichot program 

Selichot helps prepare us intellectually, emotionally and spiritually for the High Holy Days. Join us for an interactive Selichot program that will engage and inspire you. Please RSVP to Renee at by Thursday, September 14.
Dear Kehillah members,
We invite you to rejoin us for a wonderful year of High Holy Days, graphic-heart.gif
Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah Talk, Adult Education, YEP! (Youth Education Program), spiritual growth, joy, and festivities with Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman and our Kehillah!

You should have received an email from Renee inviting you to rejoin for 2017-2018. Along with her message was a letter from Kehillah president Rich Goldman, which you can also read here. Thank you!

If you're not a member yet....
we warmly invite you to join Kehillah!
Please contact the office at 602-369-7667 or visit our website for membership information. Thank you!

and make a difference in students' lives!

We hope to send children back to school with brand-new backpacks fllled with schoolbus-rear-sm.jpg school supplies. We are partnering once again with Arrowhead Elementary School and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (a program of Duet). To do this, we need your help!

How to get involved
Buy and donate items from the list below or send a donation! (Your donations are tax-deductible!)

You can...  
    >  Bring your donations to our Kabbalat Shabbat Wine & Cheese on August 25.
    >  Bring your donations to a summer meeting of Kehillah Brotherhood, Girls' Night Out, Book Group, or Movie Time and leave them with the volunteer leader.

    >  Make checks payable to Congregation Kehillah, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050. Please reference "Supplies for Success" on your check.
    >  Donate online at For "Fund," select "Social Action." In "Message" box, type "Supplies for Success."

Print out this handy Supplies for Success flier 
and take it with you whenever you go shopping!

High Holy Days 5778

Even though temperatures are still in the triple digits, planning is well underway for High Holy Days 5778. Below are holiday dates; complete information about services will be included in future issues of Connections as the holiday nears.

Meanwhile, we invite you to get an early jump on things providing information for our Yizkor book, to remember loved ones; and by sending in your New Year greeting so it will be shared with the entire congregation.

To remember your loved ones in our Yizkor Book (and for information about our Memorial Board),
please click here.

To share a greeting with all of Kehillah's members and friends,
please click here.

High Holy Days 5778
Wednesday, September 20 - Erev Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 21 - Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 22 - Rosh Hashanah, second day (no service)
Friday, September 29 - Erev Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30 - Yom Kippur
Welcome to Judaism:
A Course for Beginners
& Those Who Love Them

Rabbi Sharfman will be teaching this introductory course through the BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education).

The course will provide a foundation in the basic tenets of Judaism: History, holidays and observances, life observances, life cycle events, theology, prayer, and communal life will be explored through Jewish texts, beliefs, and customs. T his course is open to non-Jews, non-Jews with their Jewish partners, and Jewish adults interested in further exploring Judaism.

Classes will be held on Mondays, October 16 through December 11, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Cost: $36

Register here or contact the BJE
at 480-634-8050 or


Kehillah's Caring Committee is ready to assist you with life's complexities.  
Contact Renee at or 602-369-7667 so the Caring Committee can respond.    

We send prayers of healing to . . .
Brad Osterweil
Kimberlie Rich
Patsy Koren
Jeff and Denise Noll
Gary MacMillan
Andrea Marks and Hannah Marks,
   daughter and granddaughter
   of Elaine Marks and Fred Missel
Marsha Joffe
Shmuel Ben Chaim
Mary Beth Pratt (Miriam Elisheva)
Mark Engelsman
Leona Goldfarb
HaRav Shlomo ben Rut
Kitty Nagy
Bonnie Karfeld  
David Stern
Howard Glick
Gittel bat Deborah

Tom Bartkus   
Sandy Myslis
Colleen Carney
Shoshanna bat Phyllis
Gedalya Nachum bar Bayla Rivka
Olivia Adair Steele
Stisha Steigmann
Rose Sobel,
    mother of Bruce Sobel
Arlene Rosenberg
Bess Taubman
Judy Sahid,
    sister of Cathy Michel
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I am available to all Kehillah members in times of joy and sadness. Please let me know when I can extend support and comfort to you and your family.

                                                                                                   ~ Rabbi Sharfman
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HIPPA PRIVACY RULE: Hospitals won't notify us about your stay, nor will Jewish chaplains visit or share your information with us unless you specifically give permission and request that they do so. Rabbi Sharfman and Congregation Kehillah want to support Kehillah members - so many emotions and issues arise during illnesses requiring hospitalization. Please call the office and give us your name, hospital name/room number and any health details you can share to enable us to be responsive to you and your needs.

Trees Planted in Israel  
Five trees were planted by Rich and Leslie Goldman, in memory of Warren Miller

General Fund
In memory of Warren Miller
Arnold Friedman
Arlene Jacovitz
Fredric and Marcia Schneider   

Social Action Fund
Dave and Leona Goldfarb, for our back to school Supplies for Success drive   
Your donations in any amount are genuinely appreciated. 
You can help support Congregation Kehillah and express your core values by making donations to Kehillah's various Funds - to celebrate, honor, remember, give thanks, to assist . . . or simply to do tzedakah.
General Fund 
Caring Fund 
Torah Fund 
Social Action Fund
Gottlieb Music Fund 
Education Fund 
Oneg & Hospitality Fund 
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Adopt a Prayer Book 

You can also plant trees in Israel directly through Kehillah, and Jewish National shiny-tree-button.jpg Fund will send a certificate out on your behalf. Each tree is $18 and a portion of your donation stays with Kehillah. Contact Renee for more information or to place your tree order.

Supporting Kehillah and expressing your Core Values is easy! You can donate on our website in any amount or send a check. Congregation Kehlllah is a 501(c)(3) organization; your donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law. Please consult with your tax adviser.
Oneg celebrations

Sponsoring an Oneg is a great way to celebrate your lifecycle events and other wonderful news. To reserve your oneg, please contact Renee at 602-369-7667 or
2nd Annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Free; for those aged 60+. Music, song, story telling, preview of 2017-18 opportunities for the senior community. Thursday, August 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. RSVP with name, phone and number of attendees by Monday, August 21 to or 480-599-7198. See the flier here .
We Remember: A Home For The Holocaust Art of Robert Sutz
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society has launched a capital campaign to establish a permanent gallery for the artwork of Robert Sutz, whose award-winning work includes life masks, portraits, and recorded testimonies of Holocaust survivors, liberators, and righteous gentiles. (A portrait of Kehillah founding member Irma Gottlieb is among Sutz's work.) For information about the project or to make a donation or pledge, click here or contact AJHS at 602-241-7870.

Kabbalat Shabbat   <>    Torah Talk   <>    YEP!

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Torah Talk

Kabbalat Shabbat begins on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
August 25 - Wine & Cheese Open House for current and prospective members (6:45 p.m.) followed by service (7:30 p.m.)
September 8
October 13 & 27
November 17
December 1
December 15 - Nosh (5:30 p.m.) followed by Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat (6:00 p.m.)

Torah Talks are held Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at congregants' homes. Please RSVP to Renee by the Thursday before each Torah Talk so hosts can prepare. 

August 26 - at the home of Ellen and Elliott Lerman

Additional dates will be listed soon.   
  Youth Education Program 

YEP! sessions are held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Kehillah unless otherwise noted. Schedule listed below is subject to change. 

August 27 - Welcome Back Bagel Bash + High Holy Days Workshops
September 10 & 24
October 7 (Saturday) - YEP! family and congregational Sukkot and Havdallah
October 15 & 29
November 5 & 19 
December 3
December 15 (Friday)  - YEP! participates in Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat
December 10
January 7 & 21
February 11 & 25
February 28 (Wednesday) - Picnic and Purim, 6:00 p.m.
March 4 & 25
April 8 & 22
May 6
May 20 - Shavuot for YEP! and Congregation 

For details, please see the corresponding items on the left.
Holidays other than Shabbat are shown in italics.       
Sunday, Aug. 20
Movie Time

Tuesday, Aug. 22
Girls' Night Out

Friday, Aug. 25
Kabbalat Shabbat + Wine & Cheese

Saturday, Aug. 26
Torah Talk

Sunday, Aug. 27

Book Group

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Saturday, Sept. 16

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Do you have information for Connections?

Please send your news or photos to Renee in the Kehillah office before
Shabbat for the following Monday's issue. 

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Need a hand?
The Kehillah Brotherhood
is here to help you. 

Need a ride to services or to an event? Have an odd job that might need an extra hand or two? Give the Brotherhood a shout! Email Rich Fox at 

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Information for Seniors

The Senior Concierge Project (through Jewish Family and Childrens Service) can provide information and help with socialization, education, transportation, home care, living facilities, legal assistance and more for those over age 60. Contact Janet Arnold, Senior Concierge, at 480-599-7198 or

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Congregation Kehillah Leadership 

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Rich Goldman, President
Renee Joffe, Administrator

Board of Directors:
Rich Fox,
  Member at Large and
  Brotherhood President
David Goldfarb,
  Member at Large and
  New Building Chair
Leslie Goldman,
  Programming Chair and
  Girls' Night Out Co-Chair
Susan Heigh,  
  Secretary and Girls' Night
  Out Co-Chair
Arlene Maletta,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Ilene Malka,
  Education Chair
Jane Neely,
  Hospitality Co-Chair
Paul Stein,
   Member at Large

Additional Support:  
Paulette Fraenkel,
  Social Action
Stephanie Kirklin,
  OLC Director 
Paul Lavin,
  Finance Manager
Vicki Mardell,
   Membership Co-Chair
Elaine Schiff,
   Membership Co-Chair
Judith Clancy,
   Caring Co-Chair
Davie Glaser,
   Caring Co-Chair
Ilene Riffle,
    Caring Co-Chair
Ellen Lerman,
  Torah Talk and Special  
Marilyn Morris,
   Movie Time
Sherry Siegel,
   Newsletters and Book

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We love hearing from you!

If we don't respond to your email within 24 hours, it means that we did not receive your message.
Please call us at 602-369-7667.

Congregation Kehillah   |   602-369-7667 
5858 E. Dynamite Blvd.
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
MAILING ADDRESS: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 1630 #439, Phoenix, AZ 85050